Use B.E.F.A.S.T. and Know the Classic Stroke Symptoms

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Would you be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke?

Knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke with a sense of urgency in your reaction to B.E.F.A.S.T can save lives and prevent disability. The classic signs and symptoms of a stroke are relatively easy to recognize and include sudden weakness on one side of the body, facial droop, or trouble speaking. Stroke symptoms occur due to the area of restricted blood flow in the brain. Restricted blood flow in the posterior part of the brain can cause less obvious symptoms such as sudden dizziness, issues with balance or trouble walking, and vision changes. If you spot any of these signs call 911 immediately. Arriving at the hospital in an ambulance will ensure the rapid recognition, and treatment of stroke, thus improving outcomes for yourself or a loved one.

Time lost is brain lost! Do not delay calling 911 as treatment for stroke is time-sensitive.

Signs of a stroke

Many Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

The good news about your stroke risk is that there are many ways to reduce it. This includes improving your diet, getting more exercise, quitting tobacco, and addressing hypertension and heart disease with medication if needed.

With stroke being the leading cause of serious, long-term disability, learn how to lower your risk by identifying your risk factors. Start by taking the free assessment and discussing the results with your family and your doctor.